Ice storm spreads the freeze

Frozen branches on North Bayshore Drive in the Magnolia Bluff area

Frozen branches on North Bayshore Drive in the Magnolia Bluff area

LYDIA COUNTRYMAN
Published: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 10:20 AM.

A two-day storm that swept through the county last week shut down schools and businesses, closed the bridges and caused more than a few people to slip on their porches.

No serious injuries or traffic accidents were reported, though, and with balmy weather headed the county’s way, last week’s icy adventure look to be the last of the winter.

The public schools in the county were ordered closed both Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 29 and 30. Most children appeared to stay home, keeping warm during the chilly day.

Commerce was unimpeded on Wednesday but by the evening, with freezing rain, a decision was made by law enforcement officials to close the bridges.

First to shut down was the John Gorrie Bridge between Apalachicola and Eastpoint, which was shut down around 7 p.m. At 7:32 p.m., Lt. Allen Ham, the county’s 911 coordinator, had sent out a mass communication through the Code Red mass alert notification system, which combines landline and mobile telephone, email and text notifications.

“There was actually ice on the bridge and the driving conditions were unsafe,” said Ham.



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